Clock Ticks on Deadline for Elusive ‘Amherst Central Park’ Deal

Oct. 9, 2019

The former Westwood Country Club in Amherst. This aerial view shows the former clubhouse and vehicles that a local auto dealership parks on the site, part of a proposed land swap between its owners and the town. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News)
The former Westwood Country Club in Amherst. This aerial view shows the former clubhouse and vehicles that a local auto dealership parks on the site, part of a proposed land swap between its owners and the town.

The plan to reshape a large section of central Amherst has gained a key state approval but major stumbling blocks remain among the town, developers and residents.

Amherst officials and the owners of the former Westwood Country Club months ago hashed out the outline of an agreement to create vast new commercial and recreational space in the area. However, they and the site’s neighbors remain divided over land values and whether the old golf course is an appropriate location for senior housing.

The parties now face a nine-month deadline to reach a compromise on the long-delayed, hotly debated development in the heart of Erie County’s largest suburb.
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